Every day information
Currency: Most European countries have introduced the Euro (€) but not all of them - please check the currency you will need. You can check this on the Europa website.
Adaptors: Remember to check which type of adaptor you will need for the country you are travelling to. European electrical adaptors are 2-pin plugs - if you are taking any devices with British electrical plugs, make sure you buy at least two electrical travel plug adapter for Europe.
Metric system: Make yourself familiar (if you are not already) with the metric system. The UK is the only country that uses the Imperial system.
Health cover: As a student you are entitled to reduced-cost treatments in all the European Union countries. Travellers to Europe should carry an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). To apply for the card, either call 0845 606 2030 or apply online.
- Get a map and directions for places you will need to go in your first few days. Have the address of your accommodation written down in the local language. Keep safe any useful numbers you will need such as a local taxi company and your University contacts
- Check with the host institution's International Office whether there is an orientation programme or a welcoming session. They may also have housing information too (if you have not already secured a place)
- Obtain an EHIC card. As an EU or EEA citizen you are entitled to reduced cost or free medical treatment within the Eurozone
- Many students also obtain the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). This is not the same card as the NUS. With the ISIC card you will benefit from cheaper flights. If you would like further information, please visit the ISIC website or if you are in Portsmouth, visit STA travel in Edinburgh Road to enquire
- Always keep a copy of your passport separate from the original in case something goes wrong
- Do not take unnecessary cards/papers with you where they can't be used abroad
- Make sure you have sufficient funds for the first couple of weeks while you are there
- Always keep a contact book in case you lose your phone. It can happen, and you do not want to lose any important contacts!
- Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medications you are taking